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Brahmas we started with a flock of white, buff and dark. We still have them and love them.
Pros: Good in cold weather, low maintenance rarely do they get sick. Consistent layers of beautiful brown eggs. We have 11 hens and get about 45 eggs a week. Beautiful birds we adore them.
Cons: Feather legs get wet in the winter and muddy in the spring. They eat a lot.
We adore them, they are beautiful well mannered chickens. Our rooster is huge and everyone that sees our flock falls in love with them. Their eggs are big and delicious. Everyone wants them so we rarely have to many. I have hatched out 100 eggs for our friends and family to start their flock with. As well as sold some to. Fresh water and food they are happy. They are not very messy for their size. Their very calm and quiet birds. So glad to have them.
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Pros: Consistent layers
Cons: Loud, aggressive with other hens, not friendly
My red star hens are the worst hens in my flock, they will come up and bite you at feeding time, attack other hens, avoid the rest of the flock and people, and will scream until other hens get off the nest or they attack them to chase them off the nest. These are free range hens on five acres, I have no problem with my Easter Eggers or Barnevelders so there is no reason for them to act this way.
Purchase Date
august, 5, 2021
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I understand you. This happens because they are industrialized capitalistic animals, with big needs and high levels of stress. They also suffer from pain because their beaks are usually trimmed. Their only puspose is to convert small amounts of fully formulated layer feed into eggs. Try commercial white leghorns. They eat less, lay more and are not aggressive.
Great feed for the price
Pros: Price, chickens like how it tastes, good egg production
Cons: Not the best quality ingredients, may not provide enough calcium as some of my hens' eggs have a brittle shell
This feed gets the job done if you just need something affordable. Nothing wrong with it. There are feeds with higher-quality ingredients out there, but this feed is decent enough and I haven't found a cheaper feed at TSC yet. I just bought a bag of DuMor organic, so I will have something to compare this to. Up until this point I have only used Producer's Pride.
Purchase Price
$12.99 for 40#
Purchase Date
April 2022
Cute, but impractical.
Pros: Pretty little birds
Cons: Flighty, broody, fairly aggressive on the nest. Poor layers of tiny white eggs. Not winter hardy. Do not do well in confinement.
My initial mixed flock included Buttercups. They are a pretty, small bird and the comb gives them a unique look. At least one of the hens was very broody and would peck you rather nastily if you tried to move her to get the eggs she had set on, which was usually only 2-3. Despite their small size they did not do well confined to our 10'x20' covered run. I'm surprised by the reports of them being friendly. I assume that they were handled frequently when growing up. Mine were quite flighty and quick to take cover when I entered the run unlike the Australorps which came to the gate looking for treats and follow me around talking while I refilled feeders and waterers. I lost one to the dog and the other two in a particularly cold winter in the Mid-Atlantic despite having a fully enclosed coop to shelter in that they wouldn't use. the Australorps were fine, roosting in the rafters, but take to shelter when it gets really cold.

If I were able to have a large, free range flock, I wouldn't mind having one or two for decoration, but in these days for endemic avian flu, and having a Russell terrier mix that goes after any bird that gets flighty despite years of training, that's not practical.
Purchase Date
April 2015
The ultimate backyard chicken
Pros: Great egg production even later in life! Fast to start laying large brown eggs. Excellent temperament and personality, docile, friendly, can be great pets, good in mixed flocks. Very hardy, good in confinement, good in free range, talkative but not loud, quick to mature.
Cons: Chicks grow fast and you need a large, escape proof brooder setup.
The Australorp has to be the ultimate backyard chicken.

My first flock was mixed and the Australorps stood out as the best layers, and having the best personality and temperament. Though much larger than the other breeds, they sat in the middle of the pecking order, not that there was much pecking on their part.

After 7 years of neglect, only the Australorps are left. I had figured them to be at the end of their productive life and bought chicks to "replace" them (I can't see Gertrude and Myrtle ending up in a pot), then come Spring they started laying 3-4 eggs each a week down from 5-6 in their peak laying years. Once the new pullets start laying, I'll need to start actively selling to keep from being buried in eggs. Should be able to run a slight profit with them at a bargain price.

They are very friendly and not the least be flighty. They are talkative, but not loud. They always call to me if they see me in the yard asking for treats, which are usually weeds or kitchen scraps. Man, they love weeds and I wish I could let them forage more, but concerns over avian flu and a Russell terrier mix keeps me from letting them forage unsupervised. The dog has finally learned to leave them be for the most part after 3 years, but she got a couple hens before that.
Purchase Date
April 2015, Feb 2022
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What climate are you in? I loved my Australorps but they only lived 3 to 5 years, except the daughter of one who made it to 8. It gets very hot in north Texas and I always lost them in summer.
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I'm in Delaware. It gets miserable hot and humid in the Summer and I've lost track of the times I found them without water, but they do have plenty of shade available in the run.

Australorps are known for heat tolerance as long as they have shade (It gets pretty hot in most of Australia in the summer.). I could see them having trouble with hot sun without shade and sufficient fresh water. Without shade their black plumage absorbs a lot of heat which puts them at risk of heat stroke. They should be fine in hot, dry shade as long as plenty of cool fresh water is available you might need to add electrolytes to the water to make up those lost in respiration. I'd watch for panting, wing lifting and other signs of heat stress which indicate additional cooling procedures are necessary. I found good article on heat stress in chickens https://www.vetpoultry.com/blogs/ba...pot-signs-and-prevent-heat-stress-in-chickens.
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I've switched to Americauna but they always had this huge elm tree for shade and a couple of ponds to drink out of. It Does get very very hot and fairly humid in Fort Worth, TX. I loved my Australorps.
Pros: They are meat breeds
Cons: They don't lay very many eggs :(
I love brahmas and used to own one but she past away in 2020
Put together with a hot glue gun?
Cons: Messy glue everywhere!
I’m very confused, as I just received this product today directly from Brinsea, and it looks like it was put together by a child with a hot glue gun. Globs of glue are everywhere! How is this possible for a product that is suppose to heat up to warm live chicks? I’m surprised I am not finding tons of other reviews saying the same thing. I reached out to the company, and I am yet to hear back. Check out my photos.

Can anyone recommend an alternative? I’m getting 4 chicks (first timer) in a few weeks. Thanks!
Purchase Price
$80
Purchase Date
3/28/22

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Pros: small enough for chicks, easy to fill and clean
Cons: may need to be raised
Mine is good for chicks, but it needs to be raised unless you want it full of bedding within a few hours.
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Great little birds
Pros: Sweet, smart, great fliers, lots of attitude.
Cons: Very small.
Love my OEGBs. Very wild like,
Purchase Price
50$
Pros: Strong
Effective
Cheap
Easy to use
Birds learn to use them quickly

No
Cons: A couple have broken whilst screwing in
Awesome product, super useful.
Pros: Work well
Easy for birds to use
Clean
Cons: Leak
Mine have always leaked due to being knocked and moved about, the cup then fills and begins to overflow. Completely drained my tank in two days.
Pros: Strong
Effective
Cheap
Easy to use
Birds learn to use them quickly
Cons: A couple have broken whilst screwing in
Awesome product, super useful.
Pros: Works well
Strong
Easy to fill
Cons: Not really suitable for quail chicks due to being enough space for them to jump into it.
I understand some people find this style awkward but I like them.
Pros: Strong
Make my life easier
Cheap
Cons: Small
Maybe small but perfect for my needs.
Pros: Maintains temperature and humidity well.
External humidity refill makes life easy.
Cons: Thermometer is not calibrated.
Did have to use another thermometer inside the machine and change what it was set to. (Mine is set to 37.2 on the machine but is 37.5 inside).

Otherwise, fantastic machine.
Purchase Price
£139.99
Purchase Date
February 2022
Pros: It doesn't fluctuate heat too much when properly stored.

With a good system can maintain humidity very well.

Cheap and cheerful.
Cons: As it is, it's not fantastic, does need modifications.
Cheap machine, does pretty decent job.
I recommend surrounding it with polystyrene excluding the front and using a humidity meter to measure it. This will maintain the temperature far better. I have fit 28 quail eggs in here, way more than the 12 it claims.
Purchase Price
£50.00
Purchase Date
March 2021
Pros: It doesn't fluctuate heat too much when properly stored.
With a good system can maintain humidity very well.
Cheap and cheerful.
Cons: As it is, it's not fantastic, does need modifications.
Cheap machine, does pretty decent job.
I recommend surrounding it with polystyrene excluding the front and using a humidity meter to measure it. This will maintain the temperature far better. I have fit 28 quail eggs in here, way more than the 12 it claims.
Purchase Price
£50.00
Purchase Date
March 2021
Pros: Friendly, tiny, beautiful
Cons: May be too small? Gah.. They're great!
I hatched 3 little barbu d'uccles and they're just amazing. Both roosters and pullets, cuddlebugs! Super beautiful, friendly, cute and did I say how pretty they are?
I found it so hard to let go of my boys (no roos here :( ). They were so sweet.
But my little pullet is amazing!

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Purchase Price
£25 for 6 eggs
Purchase Date
September 2021
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Friendly pets
Pros: Friendly, very cute, cuddly
Cons: Slow to mature
I have a little bantam frizzle cochin. She's absolutely adorable and friendly!
Don't waste your money
Pros: Could be fine if you live in a place with no winters (temps below 30 degrees).
Cons: Fell apart the first year. Second year the nesting box fell off. Third year the other nesting box was falling off, so I propped it up with wood. Fourth year it was completely useless.
Everything has warped on this almost-cardboard box. My husband was meticulous about screwing the coop together. He made sure he did it as best he could so the wood would not crack and split. He worked very hard (6 hours) to level the ground beforehand. Panels were falling off in the first year.
Purchase Price
$450
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